01.23.17 - Audi Q8 Concept

Detroit is the home of the North American International Auto Show each year and this year there may have been fewer cars and models than we normally see, but this show did not disappoint at all. There were more production ready cars that came to the show to give us a look at what the future may hold in some cases and the what fun means when a new movie is about to come out in others. Take a look at the article below to see all the different concepts that came out at this show, or watch this short video by AutoGuide.

Lightning McQueen – This is a car that drove onto the stage to the delight of a crowd that has loved the Cars movies for the past few years. With the new Cars 3 about to come out this summer, this was a timely showing and a great way to advertise for the movie. The Lightning McQueen car certainly had many parents wishing they had brought their kids along to the show and certainly gave an opportunity for these parents to send back selfies of them with the car in the background that would make their kids jealous.

Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept – While this concept will never make it to production, this car is one that’s perfect as it shows us what the future of Nissan may be and how we might enjoy the future of the brand we’ve loved for many years. The sharp angles and intriguing design let us see that Nissan is ready for the future of driving, whatever that may be. There is a chance we’ll see some of the design elements of this concept in the next version of the Nissan Maxima to give us a powerful sedan that’s even better looking than the one we have now.

Volkswagen ID Buzz Concept – If you thought you’d never see a VW microbus at an auto show again, think again. This concept looks like the microbus of old, but comes in riding on a fully electric and autonomous platform to show us the future of what VW has in mind for the vehicles they’re going to be building for the future. The interior of this van is completely reconfigurable and shows up as a vehicle that you could easily enjoy taking across the country for the road trip of old that so many other VW microbus models have completed.

Infiniti QX50 Concept – This SUV is one of the most attractive vehicles to ever make its way to the stage and is certainly an aggressive vehicle. the lines and angles are perfect for this SUV, making it one of the most attractive models we’ve ever seen. Right now, Infiniti has said that at least ninety percent of the exterior design of the QX50 will carry over to the production model when it’s time for that model to make its way to the market. This SUV will certainly carry a following in the near future.

Audi Q8 Concept – This new full size coupe SUV offers the space needed and the power we’ve been after. This e-Tron concept will be a vehicle that will offer us everything we need if it makes it to production with the same numbers as it has now. Right now you have 442 horsepower 516 lb.-ft. of torque and a range with a full tank of gas and a full charge of 621 miles making it an SUV you won’t have to fill up very often. This concept also brings us a new design language form Audi to show us the direction this brand is headed with style and appeal.

Written by Sal McCloskey

Just a tech blogger in Los Angeles who (sadly) falls into the stereotype associated with nerds. Yes, I’m a Star Trek fan and I write about it.

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